10/16/2012 04:25 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

WATCH: Substance Versus Performance In Presidential Debates, From Donna Brazile

After both the presidential and the vice-presidential debates I noticed how quickly the media began talking about the candidates' performances. From their facial expressions to the way they reacted under all that pressure, I had to know how this affected voters. So, when Donna Brazile, Vice-Chair of the Democratic National Committee, joined me on Mondays with Marlo, I just had to ask her if she thought it was the substance of what the candidates had to say or their performance that really won votes.

According to Donna, substance absolutely counts, but at the end of the day the debates are a televised performance on the national stage. A candidate's reaction and composure matters a great deal because the American voters are not only listening to what they have to say, but they are also looking for the individual with the "presidential temperament and character."

For more on Donna Brazile's illustrious career, see her political journey to Vice-Chair of the DNC:

Political Analyst Donna Brazile

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